Portuguese codfish platter

LISBON in 100 Bites

Looking at today’s photo, you can start understanding what Portuguese foodie dreams are made of…

This bacalhau sampler is a good representation of how obsessed my country is with salted codfish. It stinks before you cook it, but once you follow one of the (supposedly) more than 365 ways of preparing it, it tastes delicious – at least for the Portuguese palate! Because, let’s face it, strong flavored and fibrous, salted cod really is an acquired taste.

Sometimes, when you travel to a new place, you may be eager to experience the local cuisine, but you may have a hard time deciding where to start. Touristic restaurants seem to be keen on recommending dishes, but they don’t necessarily offer the best representation of the local gastronomic delights.

As Portugal seems to be trending in the tourism scene lately, I increasingly come across more articles about travel and food around here. The problem is that they are usually written by foreigners with good intentions, but limited knowledge on how to make the most of a trip to my country. And so the day when I read a blog post recommending a taco bar as one of the “must-eat places in Lisbon”, I lost it a little and [after a big WTF] I decided to do something about it.

And thus the idea of “Lisbon in 100 Bites” was born. Backpack ME’s first ebook will contain 100 food recommendations for your next trip in and around Lisbon. It’s not about places where you should go to eat to. Instead, it is about dishes and foods that are representative of the local cuisine and that you can find pretty much anywhere. It’s about the things that we do eat around here, out or at home, everyday, without necessarily splurging [hint: tacos are not involved].

If you like to explore new cultures through the way they eat (just like yours truly), stay tuned for a rich, appetizing, olive oil infused taste of Lisbon. If you’re not a pen-pal of ours yet, please subscribe to Backpack ME’s monthly newsletter and we’ll let you know when “Lisbon in 100 Bites” is finally available for download. Look forward to more than 100 pages of down-to-earth Portuguese food, mouth-watering photos and comments from a person who writes about Portuguese food in English and, for once, is actually Portuguese! ;)


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  • Angie Says

    Just added Portugal to my bucket list!

  • Great idea!! Although I’ll need to visit Lisbon to give some recommendations…

  • Agness Says

    You should know guys by now that I am a total Portuguese food freak!!!!! Wish I could live there and eat it every day. Nice pic! Yum, yum!

    • Zara Says

      I am so glad to read you enjoy Portuguese food so much, Agness! :D
      I’ll make sure to send you a link to my ebook about food around Lisbon when it’s out. Would love to have your feedback on it!

  • Sandra Says

    Well, technically if the taco is made with salted cod it could be a Portuguese dish… But just technically lol

  • Chris Says

    I am headed to Lisbon for a 3 night trip next Monday!! And I’m so excited! I’m trying to visit 50 capital cities before I’m 50 years old!! Lisbon will be number 24 and I’m 34 years old but I cannot wait to eat traditional Portuguese food! Food is the highlight of any city break and goes hand in hand with seeing landmarks!!

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